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    Post IGN - Xbox 360 Best of 2007

    Best Action Game
    Best Action Game:

    Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

    Developer: Capcom
    Publisher: Capcom
    Lost Planet kicked off the year with all of the excitement and fury that a traditional action game should. Despite some issues with the control and a less than sensible story, this game delivered on its promise. The only way you could survive the frozen, alien infested planet was to continuously push forward and keep fighting to refill your energy bar -- a classic action mechanic that kept players in the thick of battle from start to finish. The well-supported online game wasn't half bad, either.
    Runner-ups: Ace Combat 6, Crackdown, GRAW 2

    Best Fighting Game
    Best Fighting Game:

    Virtua Fighter 5 Online

    Developer: SEGA-AM2
    Publisher: SEGA
    With a roster of 17 fighters, including two new brawlers, players were able to test their skills in the most advanced Virtua Fighter to date. Visually on par with the arcade machine, the game lets players brawl against virtual opponents in quest mode and customize their characters with a large library of costumes almost as deep as the complex fighting system. And when it came to Xbox 360, it went online, making it the definitive version to have on a home console.
    Runner-ups: None.

    Best First-Person Shooter
    Best First-Person Shooter:

    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

    Developer: Infinity Ward
    Publisher: Activision
    The campaign mode in Call of Duty 4 is an adrenaline pumping rollercoaster ride of the highest order. The shooting elements are outstanding, but it's the all-too-real depiction of the brutalities of war that make Call of Duty 4 stand out from the pack. From the excellent pacing and shooting mechanics to the stellar online gameplay, Call of Duty 4 hits the bulls-eye on every element that defines a first-person shooter.
    Runner ups: Bioshock, Halo 3, The Orange Box
    Best Music Game
    Best Music Game:

    Rock Band

    Developer: Harmonix
    Publisher: MTV Games
    Our industry has never seen a creation quite like Rock Band before. Sure, we've seen guitar, drum, and karaoke games, but never have they all been melded into one addictive package. Couple the exciting gameplay with the nearly limitless World Tour and Battle Modes and Rock Band is simply better than the competition.
    Runner ups: Guitar Hero III
    Best Puzzle Game
    Best Puzzle Game:

    Portal (The Orange Box)

    Developer: Valve
    Publisher: Electronic Arts
    Though describing Portal as the videogame equivalent of short story may be more accurate, the core of its gameplay stuffs it into the confines of the puzzle genre. This is simply a remarkable, albeit short, game that absolutely demands to be played. As many times as it may have been written in previews, the game truly does force you to think in new ways, and yet remains entertaining and irresistibly accessible. Imagine that!
    Runner ups: Puzzle Quest, Super Puzzle Fighter, Switchball
    Best Racing/Driving Game
    Best Racing/Driving Game:

    Forza Motorsport 2

    Developer: Microsoft Game Studios - Turn 10 Studios
    Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
    Easily the deepest racing game available for Xbox 360, Forza Motorsport 2 has something for everyone. Casual gamers can turn on all of the driving assists and enjoy a great ride around the track. Tuners have more options and features than you can shake a dipstick at. Even those of us with an artistic bent have something to cheer about as Forza 2 has a livery mode that is simply fantastic. The Xbox 360's best answer to the Gran Turismo series is also the best overall racer on the console this year.
    Runner ups: DiRT, Flatout: Ultimate Carnage, PGR4
    Best RPG
    Best RPG:

    Mass Effect

    Developer: BioWare
    Publisher: Microsoft
    BioWare's highly anticipated follow-up to Jade Empire and Knights of the Old Republic quite simply blew the competition out of the water. Inspired by classic sci-fi movies, Mass Effect has some of the best writing and voice acting we've ever seen. This is a game that blends the best elements of both role-playing and cinema into one enchanting world. Even with a few technical hold-ups, this game is a landmark in the genre.
    Runner ups: TES IV: The Shivering Isles, Eternal Sonata
    Best Sports Game
    Best Sports Game:

    skate.

    Developer: Black Box
    Publisher: Electronic Arts
    The Tony Hawk series has gone largely unchallenged on the virtual skating rink for years. EA changed all that in September when the public was introduced to the open-world and new control scheme of their first-time contender. Gone are the days of stringing together 1,000 yard grinds, into kick flips, then into manuals, and back into a grind; skate is all about delivering the most realistic skating experience ever seen, and in our book it succeeded with flying colors.
    Runner ups: College Hoops 2K8, Madden 08, NHL 08
    Best Graphics Technology
    Best Graphics Technology

    BioShock

    Developer: Irrational Games
    Publisher: 2K Games
    The world of Rapture delivered something that gamers hadn't seen for years; a truly immersive environment that grabbed you and didn't let go for more than 12 hours. Everything from the character designs to the ever-encroaching feeling that the decrepit society imbued in players was made possible by the expertly crafted technology that 2K Boston developed for its masterpiece.
    Runner ups: Assassin's Creed, CoD4, Halo 3
    Best Artistic Design
    Best Artistic Design:

    BioShock

    Developer: Irrational Games
    Publisher: 2K Games
    Not only did 2K Boston's creative concoction wow us with its graphical proficiency, but the artistic values instilled in the world of Rapture were among the best ever seen in gaming. Walking through Andrew Ryan's saturated world made us believe whole-heartedly that we were in a defunct version of 1960 in a place that was dark, cold, and filled with some of the coolest environments this side of the first Resident Evil.
    Runner ups: Eternal Sonata, Mass Effect
    Best Original Score
    Best Original Score:

    Eternal Sonata

    Developer: tri-Crescendo
    Publisher: Namco Bandai
    Those who play Eternal Sonata will surely remember it for Frederic Chopin, the main character whose music is featured throughout the tale. It would be a shame to forget that the game also features some magical original compositions that do their inspiration justice. Motoi Sakuraba, the man behind these compositions, put together a soundtrack good enough to elevate the entire game experience.
    Runner ups: CoD4, Halo 3
    Best Licensed Soundtrank
    Best Licensed Soundtrack:

    Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

    Developer: Neversoft Entertainment
    Publisher: RedOctane
    Poison, Kiss, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, Pearl Jam, Guns 'N Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, Slayer, Iron Maiden, The Who, Santana, Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine, Aerosmith, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (among many others) are all on this one, single disc. 'Nuff said.
    Runner ups: Rock Band, Skate
    Best End Credit Music
    Best End Credit Song:

    Portal (The Orange Box)

    Developer: Valve
    Publisher: Electronic Arts
    This game was a triumph. Both Portal as a whole and the "Still Alive" jingle that played upon completing the mind-bending puzzler were exquisite, but the gameplay itself was nearly overshadowed by the lyrical hilarity of the final song. Will there be a sequel or was the song just an embellished comedy skit? We'll have to wait and see…
    Runner ups: CoD4, Mass Effect
    Best Use of Sound
    Best Use of Sound:

    BioShock

    Developer: Irrational Games
    Publisher: 2K Games
    As soon as you hear Andrew Ryan's speech over the intercom it's clear that the voice acting in the spiritual successor to System Shock 2 is of a high quality. But once the personalities of each and every enemy in the game, as well as the effects from the weapons and plasmids come into play, it's obvious that the aural experience of BioShock is a step above the competition.
    Runner ups: CoD4, Eternal Sonata, Halo 3
    Best Story
    Best Story:

    Mass Effect

    Developer: BioWare
    Publisher: Microsoft
    A tale of a doomed galaxy and English speaking aliens isn't exactly original, but BioWare was able to put their own stamp on such classic sci-fi with authority. The main quest has moments that are simply stunning and an ending that will leave you grinning in awe. Fantastic writing and painstaking attention to detail ensure that the story in Mass Effect is head and shoulders above the competition.
    Runner ups: CoD4, The Orange Box, Bioshock
    Best Local Multiplayer Game
    Best Local Multiplayer Game:

    Rock Band

    Developer: Harmonix
    Publisher: MTV Games
    Here's a tip: lock yourself in a dark room with three friends and two cases of beer, fire up the HDTV and surround sound system, pop in your copy of Rock Band (downloadable content from The Police is mandatory) and don't leave for at least three hours. Trust us; you're in for the time of your gaming life.
    Runner ups: Halo 3, Guitar Hero III
    Best Online Multiplayer Game
    Best Online Multiplayer Game:

    Halo 3

    Developer: Bungie Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    There's a reason thousands of people played Halo 2 for years, even after a new generation of consoles hit the market. It's the same reason Halo 3 will repeat that success. Bungie knows how to make a fantastic online experience. With Halo 3, they may even have outdone themselves. The theater, forge, four player co-op, and excellent matchmaking add together to make the most complete multiplayer experience on the console.
    Runner ups: CoD4
    Best XBLA Game
    Best Xbox Live Arcade Game:

    Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

    Developer: Infinite Interactive
    Publisher: D3 Publisher
    The best games on Xbox Live Arcade are designed for simple yet addictive gameplay. Puzzle Quest has this in spades. Part Bejeweled and part classic RPG, Puzzle Quest is downright fun. Everyone who has played it agrees -- this game is almost impossible to put down once you get started. No matter what your tastes in gaming are, Puzzle Quest will hook you in and keep you coming back for more
    Runner ups: Castlevania: SOTN, Pac-Man: CE, Switchball, Undertow
    Best DLC
    Best Downloadable Content:

    Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

    Developer: Neversoft Entertainment
    Publisher: RedOctane
    It's tough to describe the feeling of getting to strum the guitar riffs of the Halo theme song that we've been listening to since the first days of the original Xbox. Marty O'Donnell's work of art translates perfectly into Neversoft's musical opus and, oh yea, it's free. Can life get any better? We say no.
    Runner ups: Crackdown, The Shivering Isles, Rock Band
    Most Innovative Design
    Most Innovative Design:

    Halo 3

    Developer: Bungie Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Making a game that people will point to as innovative is a tough thing to do, especially in the crowded first-person shooter genre. Halo 3 manages to make significant leaps forward in so many areas that it has gone far enough to spoil Xbox 360 owners. Saving, watching and sharing replays of entire levels are just the beginning. There's also a multiplayer level editor and a meta-game that turns the co-operative mode into an intriguing competitive match. Once again, Bungie has left the competition scrambling to catch up.
    Runner ups: Portal, Rock Band
    Best Game No One Played
    Best Game No One Played:

    Eternal Sonata

    Developer: tri-Crescendo
    Publisher: Namco Bandai
    It's hard to point to a game on Xbox 360 that was lauded by the hardcore community and critics, yet never broke through to the main stream. Most games on Xbox 360 that are good have sales numbers to match. But then, most games on Xbox 360 aren't quirky Japanese RPGs, which may ultimately have been what held Eternal Sonata back. It's imaginative, wonderfully colorful, and a great deal of fun…but not a blockbuster.
    Runner ups: PGR4, Scene it?
    Biggest Surprise
    Biggest Surprise:

    Bungie Parts Ways with Microsoft

    The same day that the former director of the Halo movie declared the film dead, Bungie and Microsoft drop the bomb that they're parting ways. There's no way to predict the ramifications of the deal or what it means for the franchise that made the Xbox a contender, but one thing is for sure: the Xbox community will never be the same.
    Runner ups: EA buys Bioware/Pandemic, Peter Moore leaves Microsoft for EA, Activision and Vivendi Merge to form Activision Blizzard, Xbox 360 Warranty extended due to Hardware problems.
    Best Developer
    Best Developer:

    Valve


    Releasing five games under the guise of a regular priced title earned the acclaimed game maker massive brownie points in the eyes of consumers. And given the fact that each segment of the quintet was a stellar standalone gaming experience, we can do nothing except remove our hats and applaud Gabe Newell's talented group of developers for giving us the best value our industry has ever seen.
    Runner ups: Bungie

    Xbox 360 Game of the Year:

    Xbox 360 Game of the Year:

    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

    Developer: Infinity Ward
    Publisher: Activision
    Call of Duty 4 is one of the most intense videogames of all time. Its single-player campaign, while short, still delivers moments of cinematic drama and sheer intensity the likes of which Xbox 360 owners had never seen. Couple the blinding pace of the solo action with the 16 player multiplayer which features a 60 level character customization structure that sets the bar for all other shooters and COD4 becomes a truly complete package. In the way of riveting gameplay experiences and awe-inspiring visuals, Call of Duty 4 delivers the goods unlike any other.

    Runner ups: Bioshock, Halo 3, Mass Effect, The Orange Box

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    Lost Planet > Crackdown? Oh no they didn't!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sockpuppet View Post
    Lost Planet > Crackdown? Oh no they didn't!!!
    Haha, i read that and didn't look at the rest of the list, (Crackdown was a real gem) but now i have its quite a good list. Mass Effect and Bioshock getting well deserved awards. Don't agree with their GotY though.

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    I don't agree with their best multiplayer game, and definately not the best action game either. Lost Planet doesn't deserve any awards..

    But other than that I like the list

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    I agree with their multiplayer award, rightly deserved.

    Their 360 GOTY is something I must disagree with. BioShock and Mass Effect deserve it so much more.
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    I can't believe Lost Planet won for best Action. I couldn't even finish the game because it was so boring.

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    COD 4 Game of the year? ... Ehh... not so much.

    VERSA'S MOST ANTICIPATED GAMES OF 2008
    GTA IV DLC - Little Big Planet- Gears of War 2 - Too Human - Fable 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Versa View Post
    COD 4 Game of the year? ... Ehh... not so much.
    I honestly don't think it should get GOTY on consoles. Console awards should be given to exclusives, not multi platform titles.

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    I don't think TOB should be counted either. It isn't one game.
    I own all three consoles Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii.
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    Why is Call of Duty 4 runner-up for Online Gameplay? The only reason Halo 3 won the online award is because it's overrated, Microsoft probably paid IGN (but I will give IGN credibility unlike EGM), and no one knows what real online gameplay is because the Halo franchise cycles through the same gameplay over and over, just with new weapons and maps. And Call of Duty 4 shouldn't be game of the year for the Xbox 360 or any other console for that matter because it isn't an exclusive title. Other than that, good selection and rankings.

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    Halo 3 is great online, better then any other game. halo is one of the best francises there is and 3mil in 12 days sale tells that i aint the only one who thinks it.

    the overrated part well i do agree but with what halo 1 & 2 did for the xbox it should be rated extremely high and can people stop jumping to MS paying every site to rate this game high cos its gettin annoying.

    i wasnt a big fan of crackdown bu i would never have thought that it would loose to lost planet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blacksite09 View Post
    Why is Call of Duty 4 runner-up for Online Gameplay? The only reason Halo 3 won the online award is because it's overrated, Microsoft probably paid IGN (but I will give IGN credibility unlike EGM), and no one knows what real online gameplay is because the Halo franchise cycles through the same gameplay over and over, just with new weapons and maps. And Call of Duty 4 shouldn't be game of the year for the Xbox 360 or any other console for that matter because it isn't an exclusive title. Other than that, good selection and rankings.


    Wow... I have tears in my eyes. POTD.

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    Game of the Year:

    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

    Developer: Infinity Ward
    Publisher: Activision
    Call of Duty 4 is one of the most intense videogames of all time. Its single-player campaign, while short, still delivers moments of cinematic drama and sheer intensity the likes of which Xbox 360 owners had never seen. Couple the blinding pace of the solo action with the 16 player multiplayer which features a 60 level character customization structure that sets the bar for all other shooters and COD4 becomes a truly complete package. In the way of riveting gameplay experiences and awe-inspiring visuals, Call of Duty 4 delivers the goods unlike any other.

    Runner ups: Bioshock, Halo 3, Mass Effect, The Orange Box

    I'm glad I was able to play them all in my little white console.

    What can I say? Great Year! It has definetly raised the bar for the upcoming periods.

    I hope I can find some time to finish the bunch of games I had to leave in the middle of the road.

    My personal GOTY: Mass Effect.
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    Wow... I have tears in my eyes. POTD.
    I got carried away, haha.

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    This was a very interesting read.

    I'm glad to see God of War 2 winning a lot of IGN's playstation 2 awards




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